Sunday, January 25, 2009

For Gaza and for Israel: "From a Distance"

From a distance the world looks blue and green,
and the snow-capped mountains white.
From a distance the ocean meets the stream,
and the eagle takes to flight.

From a distance, there is harmony,
and it echoes through the land.
It's the voice of hope, it's the voice of peace,
it's the voice of every man.

From a distance we all have enough,
and no one is in need.
And there are no guns, no bombs, and no disease,
no hungry mouths to feed.

From a distance we are instruments
marching in a common band.
Playing songs of hope, playing songs of peace.
They're the songs of every man.
God is watching us. God is watching us.
God is watching us from a distance.

From a distance you look like my friend,
even though we are at war.
From a distance I just cannot comprehend
what all this fighting is for.

From a distance there is harmony,
and it echoes through the land.
And it's the hope of hopes, it's the love of loves,
it's the heart of every man.

It's the hope of hopes, it's the love of loves.
This is the song of every man.
And God is watching us, God is watching us,
God is watching us from a distance.
Oh, God is watching us, God is watching.
God is watching us from a distance.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Truth About Isareli War Crimes

Israel is thwarting the efforts of the International Red Cross and the UN relief mission in the Gaza:

I. Alex Thompson Interview:

II. Alex Thompson Interview:

Proof of Infanticide:

Inside AIPAC's Pocket; Obama's Hypocrisy:

George Galloway 1309 Truth About Israel:

Cynthia McKinney Speaks at Washington D.C. Rally 01-10-09:

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Counter Insurgency Warfare: Mistakes in The Gaza

I just wrote an editorial/book review for on the military manual, Counterinsurgency Warfare; Theory and Practice, by David Galula, with a forward by General David Petraeus [pictured at left]. Lacking other more significant resources, the book review/editorial is my heartfelt attempt to help support the suffering Palestinian civilians of the Gaza. I've also posted it to my FaceBook site. The review follows:
If Israel would employ this strategy [detailed in the book] in dealing with Hamas, Hezbollah and Fatah, I am convinced they would be able to achieve a lasting peace with the Palestinians. The ultimate goal of an effective counterinsurgency is to win the hearts and minds of the people themselves -- to establish yourself as the protector of the people in turning the tide against terrorism and the urban guerrillas who exploit the civilian population and endanger their lives and well being by hiding among them.

General David Petraeus
has already offered his expertise to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and has toured the Middle East, visiting Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinians themselves. Indeed, Petraeus is the world's foremost expert actively working in the field of counterinsurgency technology [which includes law enforcement technology] and wrote the forward to the latest edition of this classic. He now uses it to train the American military and its principles became the foundation of the 2007 "Surge" in Iraq, which has miraculously begun to achieve stability there despite initial doubts expressed by Petraeus himself that it was already too late to win in Iraq after Rumsfeld's brutal policies radicalized the entire region and turned the civilian population against "The Great American Satan."

Currently, the IDF is conducting a high-muscled conventional military strategy in The Gaza
that hopes to produce short-term gains against the Hamas insurgents; but despite their aspirations, this strategy will only further entrench the Israelis in the continued long-term struggle that has been the hallmark of their violent relationship with the Palestinians.

Rumsfeld's strategy in destroying Fallujah twice over with air strikes and heavy artillery is the classic example of this self-defeating brutality based on the principles of conventional Post-Nepolianic modern European warfare. Israel's debacle in South Lebanon in 2006 is another. They laid cluster bombs in carpeted attacks attempting to clear out the population of South Lebanon and thus create a safe zone wherein there would be no civilian population among whom Hezbollah could hide. The strategy was a humanitarian and political disaster. Mossad-trained Georgian troops recently unsuccessfully employed such brutality in South Ossetia, attempting to roll-up the civilian population and send them northward into exile in Russia and then following-up with bulldozers to destroy South Ossetian habitations in order to discourage their return -- just as Isreal did in South Lebanon and in the West Bank. The Russian military intervened in South Ossetia and was much more humane in their treatment of Georgia, leaving egg on the faces of the CIA and the Bush Administration who sponsored the debacle in an overreaching attempt to secure the oil and gas pipelines from the Caspian at Baku to the Mediterranean coast of Turkey.

The fact that Israel refuses to deploy the more functional and civilian-friendly counterinsurgency promoted by Galula, Petraeus and other counterinsurgency experts can only indicate one tragic conclusion -- that Israel intends to hang onto a quixotic and archaic strategy of expansionism perpetrated against the native Palestinians, one institutionalized in the 50s by the government of David Ben-Gurion and maintained to this day. The strategy is grounded in early 20th century Zionism with a grandiose but painfully understandable goal, given the tragic history of the Jews throughout European history, of recreating the ancient Davidic Kingdom of a "Greater Israel" beyond the current piecemeal boundaries they've achieved in establishing a Jewish homeland by elbowing and walling the Palestinians out. Despite their feined idealism, the continued stubborn use of this strategy by Israel has led to polarization and radicalization of the native populations in the Middle East, resulting in the stridently Jihadist Islamism we see today taking over the region.

The United States alone has the influence and responsibility to insist this effective counterinsurgency strategy upon Israel in the interest of a lasting peace in the region. Again, its hallmark is its overall goal of winning the hearts and minds of the people themselves, winning friends and influencing enemies. Yet, American politicians continue to speak of "surges" in conventional military terms without having a clue as to their function and operational execution. The American people, who overwhelmingly support Israel's right of statehood, are even more disinformed by a strident Israel Lobby that leans hard on the American media.

This book should be read by every member of Congress, by Obama's new Chief-of-Staff and dual citizen Rham Emmanuel, by Obama's National Security Adviser General James L. Jones, by Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, by Barack Obama and Joseph Biden themselves and by every member of the Israel Lobby who are so obsessed with the security of Israel that they don't see the solution right here under their noses.

NOTE: For a concise understanding of the situaltion in
the Gaza, I strongly recommend the recent article by Richard Falk, "Understainding the Gaza Catastrophy," posted to The Huffington Post. Falk is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories and writes a very objective analyses.

AFTERWORD: Although I firmly believe in Satyagraha as means, I wrote the above review of "Counterinsurgency Warfare," because it encourages a more humane military perspective than that currently utilized by the IDF in the Gaza. This is a strategy designed to win the hearts and minds of the people as it works against insurgents such as Hamas who would exploit civilians and put the lives of innocents at risk.

This is a strategy that Israel resists but one that is required for peaceful coexistence. The fact that the IDF refuses to employ this more humane approach -- now the accepted standard in counterinsurgency warfare -- reveals Israel's ulterior, violently expansionist strategy of imposed Zionism.

EVERYONE, particularly activists, journalists, members of Congress and the Obama Administration, should read this brief manual on the humanitarian treatment of civilian populations caught-up in this conflict. It is imperative that we get the word out that the IDF has been offered a humane alternative they are rejecting.
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This book review has been cross-posted to:

Southern Perspectives, my blog at Open Salon, a member feature of
and also to: TPM Cafe at Talking Points Memo